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The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) – a non-profit organization that funds and directs scientific research and educational initiatives for sustainable waste management practices – in collaboration with the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), has developed the School Cafeteria Discards Assessment Project (SCrAP) to quantify both food waste and related wastes (e.g. recyclables, to landfill) generated in cafeterias at private K-12 schools nationally.

According to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), roughly 40% of food produced in America is thrown away, which equates to nearly $165 billion worth of food each year.*

SCrAP aims to gather information regarding the quantity of waste generated in school cafeterias and gain an understanding of how this waste is managed both at the school and after it is hauled away.

In order to obtain accurate data, EREF has turned to elementary, middle and high schools, as well as private K-12 institutions, across the United States to compile data that could aid in significantly reducing food waste generation.

In addition to this information, SCrAP could provide benefits to schools such as:

  • Educating students/school staff regarding more sustainable waste management strategies
  • Reducing unnecessary food waste
  • Reducing food costs to schools
  • Developing ways to better manage institutional food waste

School participation can be as simple as completing a questionnaire or as involved as providing waste weight measurements. SCrAP participants will receive waste related educational materials for the classroom, a snapshot results report tailored for each school (for specified participation levels), and the chance to win money to support the school, up to a maximum of $1,500.

EREF has also developed Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SCRAPresearch/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/scrapproject/) accounts for the SCrAP program. Anyone can learn more about and help promote the program by visiting these pages and posting photos of their own food waste using the hashtag #myfoodscraps. 

For more information on the SCrAP project, including school registration instructions, please visit www.erefdn.org or send an e-mail to SCRAP@erefdn.org.

EREF is a 501(c)3 class charity that funds and directs scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices to benefit industry participants and the communities they serve. For more complete information on EREF funded research, its scholarship program and how to donate to this great cause, visit www.erefdn.org.

*According to the 2012 Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill”

The Long Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce that Shopkins Live!, the first live theatrical production based on the phenomenally successful Shopkins toy brand will come to Dell Hall on October 21. The first national tour was jointly announced today by Gilles Paquin, President and CEO of Koba Entertainment, and Nicole Hardiman, Senior Licensing Manager at Moose Toys.  Tickets go on sale Friday, April 28 at 10AM at TheLongCenter.org.

Based on America’s #1 toy brand, Youtube sensation and international toy phenomenon created in Australia by Moose Toys, Shopkins Live! will feature The Shoppies and Shopkins characters taking the stage with an all new storyline, original pop music and video highlights as ‘Jessicake’, ‘Bubbleisha’, ‘Peppa-Mint’ and friends prepare for Shopville’s annual “Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair”.

“Shopkins is literally on every child’s wish list,” commented Paquin, who also serves as Executive Producer of Shopkins Live!  “Koba Entertainment’s partnership with an innovative and leading toy manufacturer like Moose Toys allows us to bring one of the most successful toy brands in history to life on stage.”

“We are thrilled to have Koba Entertainment presenting our first-ever live theatrical show for Shopkins,” added Hardiman.  “This will be a fantastic event featuring the Shopkins and Shoppies in an amazing adventure that our North American fans can experience.”

Since its launch in 2014, the Shopkins brand continues to be a hot ticket item for children worldwide.  Shoppies dolls consistently rank as the #1 kids toy in the U.S.; the first-ever Shopkins movie, Shopkins Chef Club, was released last year by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment; and numerous dedicated apps continue to expand the brand’s ever-growing world.

Shopkins Live! will run for approximately 90 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission. For more information on Shopkins Live! visit www.shopkinsliveontour.com and sign-up to be the first to hear about the pre-sale offer, on-sale dates and North American tour dates.

The Shopkins Live! U.S. tour is represented by APA.

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The Domain is turning 10 this year so let’s celebrate with food, music, friends and lots of good cheer!

Area residents and visitors are invited to join The Domain in celebrating 10 years serving the community on Thursday, March 9. Throughout the day, mall management will be randomly surprising shoppers with Simon gift cards, Starbucks cards and more!

The celebration will continue from 5-8 p.m. with live music by More Cowbell, a photo booth, complimentary Sofia minis and desserts, giveaways, and of course, fabulous shopping!

In honor of 2007’s Pantone Color of the Year, ‘Chili Pepper’, Domain retailers that opened during the center’s first year will be decked out in red balloons and streamers all day. Many will also host in-store anniversary events and specials, including:

Banana Republic – Save 50% on up to five regular priced items.

BCBGMAXAZRIA – Enjoy champagne and macaroons while you shop.

Burberry – Enjoy champagne and cookies while you shop.

California Pizza Kitchen – Celebrate 10 years with $10 sangria flights.

Coach – Receive complimentary in-store monogramming with your purchase and enjoy champagne and treats while you shop.

David Yurman – Enjoy Maggie Louise chocolates and champagne while you shop.

J.Crew – Enjoy sweets, sips and a free tote with purchases

Kona Grill – Take a stroll down memory lane with a 2007 playlist and capture the memory with a selfie.

L’OCCITANE en Provence – Save 10% between 4-9PM, plus enter to win a $250 prize package. Take advantage of complimentary facials, hand massages and fragrance layering.

Lilly Pulitzer – Visit the Braid Bar from 5-7 p.m. Plus, celebrate the new product line with a gift with purchase.

Luxe Apothetique – Receive a free beauty swag bag with a purchase of $75 or more. Plus, listen to music from our DJ and enjoy light snacks and cocktails.

Macy’s – Enjoy music from a DJ and get the chance to win a pair of shoes. Plus, make an appointment with a cosmetic line and receive a $10 gift card.

Madewell – Enjoy sweets, sips and free one-on-one styling from 6-8 p.m.

Neiman Marcus – Enjoy snacks, sips and cool beats while you shop.

North Italia – Enjoy our anniversary cocktail for $10, a refreshing whiskey cocktail with blood orange and honey.

Origins – Stop by for A Perfect World Collection relaunch, enter to win one of three baskets and receive a gift when you spend $75 or more.

The Steeping Room – Kick off a month-long celebration with The Steeping Room! Don’t miss Gong Fu Tea Service demonstrations and sampling at the retail counter 9-11 a.m., 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Plus, enjoy complimentary mini lemon matcha cupcakes and teatail sips all day and into the evening. Additionally, enter the anniversary raffle for the chance to win exciting prizes.

Stuart Weitzman – Try on your perfect pair and sip champagne while you shop.

Tiffany & Co. – Sip champagne while you shop the collection.

Tommy Bahama – Enjoy beverages and light snacks while you shop.

White House Black Market – Enjoy 10% off when you mention The Domain’s 10-year anniversary.

Pollyanna Theatre, resident theatre company of the Long Center, is remounting their highly acclaimed production for children and families about Civil Rights, Liberty! Equality! And Fireworks! by Gregory S. Perrin. The performance is free to the public on Saturday, February 18th at 2:00 pm at the LBJ Library Auditorium, located at 2313 Red River Street. The play is best suited for children ages eight and up, and their families. This production is co-sponsored by the Education Department of the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum and The University of Texas at Austin Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

This powerful play follows the field trip adventures of a group of 4th grade students who are visiting a history museum but are surprised by what happens when people from iconic images come to life and tell them their personal stories. These characters entertain and enlighten; taking the next generation of theatre goers on a fascinating journey through the history of the Civil Rights Movement.

Liberty! Equality! And Fireworks! was written as a commission by award-winning playwright Gregory Perrin for Pollyanna Theatre Company. Perrin, a successful Texas playwright, studied with three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee, has received five different commissions to write plays for family audiences and was the inaugural playwright commissioned by Theater LaB Houston for the Fiesta First Ward Children’s Theater Project.

“History is important, but many of our children feel that it is boring because it has nothing to do with them. My goal is that the children seeing this play will leave with questions about what they have seen, which hopefully will lead to conversations with parents, grandparents, teachers and friends. These conversations – though difficult or unpleasant – need to happen,” says Perrin.

The unique partnership between Pollyanna Theatre and LBJ Library was sparked in 2014 after Judy Matetzschk-Campbell, Founder and Artistic Director of Pollyanna Theatre Company, and Gregory were invited to a Civil Rights Summit in 2014 at the Library, attended by President Obama and former Presidents Carter and Clinton. Judy ended up sitting next to an avid Civil Rights advocate also dedicated to education; Dr. Bernice King – youngest child of the late Dr. Martin Luther King. Pollyanna later received an invitation to perform in the LBJ Auditorium from Mark Updegrove, Director of the LBJ Library and Museum who saw the original production and participated in the post-show talkback.

The LBJ Library’s Education Department helped create educational resources to accompany the show, which are available free of charge, online and in print for all adults who attend the production. The materials explore the Civil Rights Movement and include recommendations on how to navigate children through this very important topic.

Pollyanna is thrilled to have the opportunity for another run and deeply grateful for the support of our partners at the LBJ Presidential Library Education Department and The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (http://diversity.utexas.edu/). Matetzschk-Campbell says, “The first run of this production which was presented in October of 2014 received as much positive response from adult audience members as from our younger patrons. It is truly a production which will be enjoyed by all attendees ages eight through adulthood. The arts are a wonderful tool for parents and teachers to use to continue this timeless dialogue.”

“The LBJ Presidential Library has been observing the 50th anniversary of the creation of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, signed into law by President Johnson in September 1965, and his words still resonate today, ‘For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a nation,’” says Mark Updegrove, Director of the LBJ Library. “As our nation also marks the 50th anniversary of key pieces of legislation that LBJ signed that address equality, the right to vote, and fair housing, the LBJ Library Education Department is excited to join hands with the leaders of Pollyanna Theatre to invite a new generation of Americans into this important conversation about our liberties.”

For more information on Liberty! Equality! And Fireworks! or Pollyanna Theatre Company, visit www.pollyannatheatrecompany.org.

For the Tibetan Mastiffs living on Snow Mountain, a dog’s life has a simple riff: Guard a peaceful village of wool-making sheep from the thuggish wolf Linnux (Lewis Black) and his rabid pack. To avoid distractions, Mastiff leader Khampa (J.K. Simmons) forbids all music from the mountain. But when Khampa’s son Bodi (Luke Wilson) discovers a radio dropped by a passing airplane, it takes just a few guitar licks for his fate to be sealed: Bodi wants to be a rock ‘n’ roll star. Yet that means defying his father’s wishes, heading to the city, and locating the legendary – and reclusive – musician Angus Scattergood (Eddie Izzard), who needs to write a new song and fast.
If Bodi can put a band together, help Angus with his song, and defeat the wolves’ plot to take Snow Mountain, his life will be in tune. Bodi will become what he’s always dreamed of being: More than a dog … more than a Rock God… he’ll be a ROCK DOG!
Summit Premiere presents, a Huayi Brothers Media Corp. and Mandoo Pictures production, in association with Huayi Tencent Entertainment Company, Eracme Entertainment, and Dream Factory Group.
In Theaters February 24, 2017

There she is! America’s favorite real life Miss Congeniality, the larger-than-life Jeanne Robertson and former beauty queen is returning to the Long Center. Once Miss North Carolina, Robertson has traded her crown for grins. This comedienne is bringing her life stories and loud laughs to Dell Hall February 3rd. Tickets are still available but going fast!

At 73 years young, Jeanne Robertson continues to charm audiences with her humorous observations about life around her. Standing tall at six-foot-two, Jeanne Robertson has a powerful stage presence, an infectious personality, and a timeless sense of humor. Her storytelling panache, making even everyday experiences extraordinarily funny, hits everyone’s funny bones—even the kids’! So bring the whole family, because everyone is bound to have a great time and an even better laugh.

With seven nationally released DVDs, three books, hundreds of hours on SiriusXM satellite radio and over 21 million YouTube hits, the demand for Robertson’s family-friendly and engaging brand of comedy has grown exponentially. Some of her most popular anecdotes include “Don’t Go to Vegas Without A Baptist,” “Don’t Bungee Jump Naked”, and “Don’t Send a Man to the Grocery Store.”

Robertson’s witty depiction of everyday situations never fails to have audiences of all ages rolling with laughter. Don’t miss this down-home performance by a downright funny lady!

Tickets for Jeanne Robertson are available at TheLongCenter.org or by calling (512) 474.LONG (5664). Also available at the Long Center’s 3M Box Office located at 701 West Riverside Drive at South First Street.  For groups of 10 and more, please call 512-457-5150 or groupsales@thelongcenter.org.

This month, the Texas Museum of Science and Technology is launching a new, fun program for children under 5 and their caregivers called “Wee-Searchers.” Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 9 – 10am, kids will have the chance to learn and explore new topics—from dinosaurs, to mummies, to astronauts, and more! Through play, stories and songs, “Wee-Searchers” will inspire kids to learn about the world around them and kick start their understanding of STEM.

Schedule

January 11 – Like a Dinosaur
January 25 – Mummies
February 8 – Astronauts
February 22 – Mary, Mary, and their Fabulous Fossil Finds

Future topics will be announced soon. Sessions are free for members and $3 for children who are non-members (caregiver included in price). Tickets may be reserved in advance at www.shop.txmost.org.

Visitor Information

TXMOST hours are Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.txmost.org or at the box office. Tickets are $18 for adults (18+), $16 for seniors (62+), students (18+ with student ID), and youth (12-17), and $12 for children aged 5-11. Admission price includes all the exhibits as well as the planetarium. Museum members receive unlimited museum visits and free access to special events all year long. To reserve a group visit please contact groups@txmost.org or school groups can contact fieldtrip@txmost.org; or call 512-961-5333. TXMOST is located at 1220 Toro Grande Dr., Cedar Park, TX 78613.

Start 2017 anew and find great solutions and inspiration to tackle those looming home and garden projects at the 19th Annual Austin Home & Garden Show. Turn your home and garden dreams into reality with new ideas, fresh tips, latest products and the hottest home trends January 13-15 at the Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin.

For almost two decades, the Austin Home & Garden Show continues to captivate visitors with expert builders and contractors, celebrity guests, exciting presentations and fun activities for the entire family.  The Austin Convention Center is transformed into a vibrant, colorful home and garden paradise, with thousands of square feet of dazzling displays, interactive demos, and experts in virtually every area of home building, remodeling, landscaping, gardening and wildlife. There are beautiful furnishings, state-of-the-art kitchen ideas, wall design and countertop displays, closet organization and storage, entertainment and technology, the latest in sinks, tubs, fixtures and even pools, spas and outdoor entertaining areas.

For the yard and garden, there are ‘outdoor living’ inspirations, with imaginative landscape displays, unique water features and a wide variety of plants and garden accessories to boost curb appeal.  There will also be outdoor furniture, grills, spas and more. The Garden & Wildlife Stage, will host everything for yards, gardens and hardscapes including the Bamboo Society of Austin, Diamondscape, Inc., Stone Deck and Goodness Grows in Austin.  Make it modular this year with the Modular Showcase where you can tour durable, sustainable container homes. Plus, don’t miss the entertaining and educational Birds of Prey shows.

Whether it’s a small home improvement project or a complete renovation, guests can visit a complete selection of home improvement and expect one-on-one time to consult with expert builders, contractors, remodelers, interior designers and landscapers among others. Some of the top professionals in the industry are available to offer invaluable advice and practical ‘how-tos’ on everything from common topics such as gutters, walls, and flooring to home security, green living, media technology, and the latest on solar energy.

On the Celebrity Stage, the Austin Home & Garden Show is thrilled to host special celebrity guest Alison Victoria of DIY Network’s “Kitchen Crashers”. Alison takes the stage with an entertaining and insightful presentation on kitchen space including planning, lighting, organization and how to give your kitchen a facelift with audience involvement.  The Celebrity Stage will also host Modular Living Experts Stevie Bear & Austin Hedges of Make It Modular with a glimpse at tiny living, improving the functionality of your living space with Dalton Point Construction Owner, Mike Moore, and Built Custom Green Homes’ Dennis Celsor with energy efficient secrets for new homes.

Families can take advantage of fun interactive activities including the Kids Project Zone, featuring COSTCO Kids Activities with movies, coloring, and crafts, Lowe’s Kids Make-N-Take Workshop to activity fun with the Bamboo Society of Austin. Saturday and Sunday the Austin Fire Department will be on hand with kids fire education, coloring books & fire hats. For animal lovers, visit the Pet Zone with pet adoptions by the Human Society of Austin. For the shoppers, there is a unique Art, Gift and Gourmet Center with artisan foods and handcrafted gifts, GO TEXAN products and gourmet treats such as jams, dips, pasta and sweet treats.

WHEN: Friday, January 13, 2-7p | Saturday, January 14, 10a-7p | Sunday, January 15, 11a-5p

WHERE: The Austin Convention Center | 500 East Cesar Chavez Street | Austin, TX 78701 www.austinconventioncenter.com

Metered street parking, and nearby City Garages, two garages within a block of entrance.

ADMISSION:      Adults 17+ – $9.50 per person | 16 & Under – Free | Seniors 65+ – $8.50*

Active Duty Military – Free (with ID)

The Austin Home and Garden show accepts credit card, cash or check at the door. Prices are $9.50 for adults (17+), $8.50 for seniors (65+)* all weekend, and free for 16 and under. Admission is also complimentary for all active duty military personnel (valid ID required). For best value, purchase adult tickets in advance, online at www.AustinHomeandGardenShow.com and receive $2 off (2 weeks out and earlier).  *No further discounts applied to senior admission. Receive $1 off discount coupon at www.ShowTechnology.com or www.AustinHomeandGardenShow.com.  At the door, receive $1 off adult admission with a donation of canned good(s) which will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. In addition, free totes and sunflower seeds are available for all attendees while supplies last.

 

 

The 19th Annual Austin Home & Garden Show is sponsored by Spectrum, KKMJ, KVUE and the Austin American-Statesman.

Austin Shakespeare hosts an afternoon of free Story Reading & Singing with Austin Shakespeare for adults and children ages 3 and up at the new Brentwood Social House with stories such as “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and the “Three Little Pigs” performed by professional actors. Brentwood Social House is a recently opened coffee/tea shop serving English and French baked goods with a welcoming backyard and family room. Austin Shakespeare actors include Jill Blackwood, Helen Merino, Janelle Buchanan and Linda Nenno.

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ABOUT BRENTWOOD SOCIAL HOUSE

http://www.brentwoodsocial.com/

Located at 1601 West Koenig Lane in the heart of Austin’s Brentwood neighborhood, Brentwood Social House is open daily serving quiches, savory pies, tarts, scones and more.  Co-owned by Suzanne Daniels (manager) and Sarah Olano (baker), Brentwood Social House is not only a coffee shop, but a community space with free WiFi and multiple well-placed nooks: a main room with tables that seat two to many, a family room and play area filled with toys and books, a quiet room and a large outdoor patio and garden.  Open 7 am to 6 pm, Monday through Sunday.

January 28 – February 5, 2017
Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

At the Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts   701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX  78704

Tickets range from $10.50 – $13.50. Tickets may be purchased online by visiting http://www.pollyannatheatrecompany.org.

Discounts are available for groups of 10 people or more, and financial aid is available for families who need it. For more information, call (512) 743-7966 or email pollytheatre@gmail.com.

Central Texas’ most well-known children’s theatre company, Pollyanna Theatre, a resident company of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, presents The Thing in Grandma’s Closet by Jonathan Graham. This new play, best suited for children ages 7-11, opens January 28 – February 5 at the Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside, Austin, TX  78704.

The Thing in Grandma’s Closet tells the story of Nick and Ally, whose grandma has recently passed away. As they clean her house, the downer of a day becomes much more interesting when they discover a mysterious contraption tucked away in a closet. Is it another one of the eccentric former science teacher’s failed inventions, or something she hoped they would find? The siblings put aside their petty squabbles and work together so that they and their mother can reconnect with their grandma and move forward from their loss. Through the action of the play, both Nick and Ally learn that there are many reasons to admire their grandmother that they never knew about. The siblings learn that their grandmother was a very successful scientist who overcame great obstacles to achieve her career in a day when women were not encouraged to love science and math.

“For me, the play is about the interplay between grief and memory,” says playwright Jonathan Graham. “Writing it was an act of resistance to that all-too-human tendency to not fully appreciate the complexity of those we love until they are gone. It was also inspired by my own mother and mother-in-law who are my kids’ quirky and wonderful grandmas.”

This play also speaks to the importance of empowering girls to pursue their dreams and interests no matter what they may be. Director Judy Matetzschk-Campbell says, “The Thing in Grandma’s Closet is a great way to look at how far we have come, but also, to take stock in how far we have to go. I hope it can spark conversations about the struggles that young girls are still facing in regards to societal expectations and gender roles.”

As with all Pollyanna Theatre productions, the cast is comprised of adult, professional actors, including:

Nick – Chase Brewer
Ally – Uyen-Anh Dang
Grandma – Bethany Harbaugh
Mom – Jess Hughes

Parents, teachers and caregivers can download a free study guide to accompany the production by visiting http://www.pollyannatheatrecompany.org/teachers/lesson-plans/. The guide contains an overview of the play, educational objectives and pre/post discussion questions and activities.

In addition to public performances, The Thing in Grandma’s Closet is also available for schools and camps throughout Central Texas.

Frost invites families to come to the Austin-area Frost financial centers for a little holiday cheer and photos with a special guest: Santa Claus. Guests can enjoy holiday cookies and drinks in a festive holiday setting while kids get a chance to visit with Santa. Kids will also get a candy cane and can pose for pictures with St. Nick. Families are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture this special holiday moment.

The visits from Santa are an annual holiday tradition at Frost, where dedication to the community has been part of the culture since the company began in 1868.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10th

Tarrytown Financial Center
2425 Exposition Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78703

Cedar Park Financial Center
1450 E. Whitestone Boulevard
Cedar Park, Texas 78613

East 7th Financial Center
2421 East 7th Street
Austin, Texas 78702

Lake Travis Financial Center
12532 FM 2244 Road
Bee Cave, Texas 78738

Tech Ridge Financial Center
605 Canyon Ridge Drive
Austin, Texas 78753

All events are free and open to the public.